Love from a pup

Posted: October 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The word love can not be just a four letter word, but a way of life.

1 Corinthians 13

3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails…” (NIV)

Love is exactly what we all seek and need.

We are called to be an extension of Jesus, a reflection of who He is. There are so many people who will never walk into a church, but they have walked into your life for a reason, we need to take those opportunities given and share the message we have come to know.

We often pray that people who are in need find our shelter. Once someone walks in the door we have a opportunity to help, serve and share with each individual. People often come who are depressed, and hurting. It makes sense for many people to be down, my heart often breaks for the stories I hear and weathered faces I see.


(faces blurred on purpose)

I have a wonderful puppy who’s name is Diesel (actual name). Something amazing happens the moment Diesel exits my car, people’s faces and countenance brighten like an early morning sun rise. He walks around the shelter going to almost every individual, and I would just see their faces light up as they bend down to play or pet Diesel. Last night a girl took out a soft ball and asked if he could play with it, so she rolled it across the shelter floor and laughed as he ran after it. I stand in awe because he is able to connect with people in a way that I could not, could you imagine me running towards a ball on the floor? I feel that as people spend time with Diesel they forget their frustrations, hurts, circumstances and that they are living in a shelter.

diesel and girls

The reason I am writing about this is because last night as when I was working I brought Diesel and there was more then one person who wanted him to spend the night with them in their room. Since he loves me so much, he did not spend much time before wanting to come back to my office. He loves walking about the shelter “socializing” with everyone, and most importantly showing them unconditional love that they may have never experienced before.

Jesus asks us to love everyone we come in contact with, in a similar way that Diesel does not show bias or succumb to stereotypes. Jesus asks us to love!


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